NBC isn’t giving up the 10 PM hour — yet. It was reported in August that the peacock network was considering dropping the 10 PM hour and giving the timeslot back to affiliate stations to fill with whatever they choose (likely an early newscast or syndicated programming).
NBC has decided to keep the third hour of primetime at least through the 2023-2024 season as it explores its options. Per Deadline, the network is looking at picking up more multi-cam comedies and procedurals.
A decision to lose the 10 PM hour would impact two big Dick Wolf franchises in particular, with Chicago PD and Law & Order: Organized Crime airing at that hour on Wednesday and Thursday nights, respectively. The nights of Wolf programming perform well for the network and this move would disrupt them.
The following was reported about the discussions surrounding NBC‘s third hour of primetime:
A decision has now been made, at least when it comes to the next 2023-24 broadcast season. I hear Susan Rovner, Chairman, Entertainment Content, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming, relayed the message during recent agency presentations, stressing that the network will not be getting out of the 10 PM hour.
According to sources, the statement is true for the 2023-24 season while the company continues to evaluate its options. A potential 10 PM exit is considered a cost-cutting move amid declining linear viewing for entertainment programming, and Shell has indicated that NBCU intends to “reallocate resources” toward areas of the company that are growing. Asked in October if he expects other media giants to follow NBCU’s lead in possibly abdicating the 10 PM hour, Jordan Wertlieb, head of station owner Hearst Television, replied, “I expect they will and I hope they will.”
What do you think? Do you want to continue seeing programming by the networks during the 10 PM hour?
In our household we would hate to miss Chicago PD on Wednesdays and L&O Organized Crime on Thurdays. If at all possible, we would like to have them moved, if necessary, to other time slots BUT NEVER TO LOSE THEM
Leave the shows at 10 pm. Breaking up the series will annoy some viewers and totally lose others. . . Peacock people should know that. Besides, there are already 10 pm newscasts on other channels.
Leave the shows at 10pm. Love them!
As others have said leave the shows at the same times every week!
Yes I do.
Obviously Dick Wolf has the entire prime time block of NBC’s programming on Wednesday & Thursday. But it’s Monday & Tuesday nights where the 10:00 hour is the only thing worth saving. Give the 8:00 & 9:00 back to the local affiliates if you can’t do better than “The Voice” or “America’s Got Talent”.
If/when NBC gets rid of the 10pm hour, the Chicago shows, L&O programs and everything else will move (if not cancelled by then) to another time slot on NBC. Of course, NBC could move some shows to Peacock (i.e. CBS’ “Seal Team” to Paramount+).